ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s final estate auction of the year, on Sunday, Dec. 2, holds a variety of treasures. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding. The auction will begin at 10 a.m. PST.
The fine art department features American artist Edward August Bell’s (1862-1953) Still Life with Oranges & Cherries. Bell is most readily known for his elegant and idealized portraits of women, but is also recognized for his genre, interior and still life works. Bell was a celebrated artist and an influential figure in the Peconic Art Colony, located on the North Fork of Long Island. The oil painting for auction is a vibrant and rich depiction of groupings of lush fruits surrounding the base of a graceful turquoise vase with a trellising floral design. The painting measures 20 x 16 inches and is signed in the lower right corner “E. A. Bell” (lot 116, estimate: $3,000-5,000).
Other noteworthy American art works available in the sale include Ray Strong’s San Miguel Hills, 1965 which was acquired directly from the artist (lot 088, $2,000-2,500), Theodore Morrow Criley’s Tabletop Still Life (lot 091, $2,000-3,000) and Michael David Ward’s Second Star to the Right, 1992 (lot 166, $3,500-4,500). Highlights from the European selection include Louis Justin Laurent Icart’s Coursing III, 1930 (lot 052, $1,500-2,500), Thomas Maillard’s Belgian Electric (lot 017, $1,500-3,000) and Franz Rederer’s tribute to his wife in Portrait of Margaritte, 1944 (lot 005, $2,000-4,000).
The jewelry department presents a 260-lot sale featuring a myriad of gemstone pieces, numerous certified jades and over 30 lots each of coral and pearl offerings. Impressive diamond pieces in the auction are seen in a diamond and platinum ring featuring a lovely old European-cut stone set in a platinum mounting (lot 421, $900-1,200) and a diamond and 14K white gold covered ladies wristwatch (lot 431, $800-1,200). Reflecting the breadth of property available from the department is a handsome 14K yellow gold and wood presentation cane (lot 449, $400-600) as well as a beautifully carved meerschaum cameo that doubles as a brooch or pendant (lot 219, $350-550).
A standout piece found in the sale lies in a jade, diamond, 18K white gold and platinum necklace (lot 392, $800-1,200). The jade plaque measures approximately 30 x 20 x 2 millimeters and bears a delicate green hue. Stylized carvings of a perched bird among flora and fauna decorate both sides of the piece. The plaque is then set in a diamond accented, 18K white gold linked bail of geometric form. The pendant hangs from a delicate platinum, open-link 16-inch chain, subtlety complementing the overall look. The necklace is accompanied by an original, leather bound box, denoting “Pentington & Batty, Diamond Merchants, Liverpool & Manchester” on its interior.
Pieces of Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Tibetan origins will be a part of the Asian department’s offerings. Scholars’ objects, scrolls, furniture, statuettes, jade carvings and porcelains will be among the represented works of art in the 130-plus-lot sale. Notable are decorative vases of various forms, including a creamy turquoise-blue crackle-glazed stoneware vase of moon flask form (lot 574, $700-900), a landscape gilt painted porcelain vase bearing a Qianlong six-character mark (lot 552, $450-650), an enamel painted porcelain vase depicting village fishermen (lot 564, $700-900) and a pear-shape vase featuring a dragon and phoenix upon a bed of peony blossoms in an iron red hue (lot 548, $1,200-1,800).
Highlighting the sale’s Asian decorative objects is a hardwood table screen with a hardstone embellished serpentine plaque (lot 507, $1,000-1,500). Detailed carving workmanship is clearly seen throughout the piece, in both wood and stone alike. A delicate woodwork pattern borders the serpentine stone inset nature scene, complementing it beautifully. The plaque’s three-dimensional carvings center a long tail bird perched on a blossoming peony tree. Rock formations, additional foliage and a soaring butterfly complete the scene, wonderfully bringing it to life.
Period furniture and decorations features over 270 lots primarily composed of 19th and 20th century European and American pieces. However, a fine selection of international carpets and rugs is highlighted by substantial Persian carpets. Pieces include a Kashan carpet of dense weave bearing an intricate design in lovely tones of red and blue (lot 747, $3,000-5,000), a Kerman carpet measuring an approximate 14 x 21 feet (lot 746, $2,000-3,000) and a vibrant floral motif Sarouk corridor carpet, also offered at an estimate of $2,000-3,000 (lot 815).
Categorically, silver is often a top performer at auction and this month’s selection also appears to be quite promising. Available in the sale are lots from Tiffany & Co. (lot 658, lot 648, lot 662), Gorham lot 653, lot 660, lot 644) and Georg Jensen (lot 696). A collection of seven silver lots of Scandinavian origins from flatware to cups will also be sold, with estimates ranging from $200 to $800.
Unique is a mid-19th century suite of Schulz & Fisher sterling flatware in the Cleopatra pattern (lot 643, $6,000-8,000). The set is in excellent condition, originally given as a wedding present. The pieces are presented in a custom-made retail box with Aesthetic Movement silver embellishments to the exterior. The interior is lined, complete with a decorative chenille flower. A lower drawer pulls out to reveal spoon sets. The entire collection’s silver weight measures 92.8 troy ounces.
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